May 12th 2011 11:32AM 1) Something is not right with the headline. It implies that Apple is moving away from the Microsoft store, while the content of the article seems to suggest that Apple is moving towards it (unless the author forgot to mention that the Apple store is currently located next-door/across the hall from the current MS store.
2) While the "luring" aspect was probably not the primary objective, it's definitely a happy consequence. I know Apple is trying to enlarge all of their stores and renovate some of their earlier stores (the Apple Store by my in Dallas has currently moved to a temporary location while it doubles in size). Apple probably decided to move anyway, then jumped at the opportunity to dwarf the MS store.
I'm not sure how much benefit it will do, though. How many people go to the mall to buy expensive electronics without making up their mind beforehand if they want Apple or Microsoft products?
May 11th 2011 1:39PM While I agree this is a good move, is this really a "policy change" by Apple? It seems more like complying with advertiser requests.
I have no experience in internet advertising but worked in television advertising for a while. Advertisers were very particular about what programs they wished to air in, and if the programming was targeted at a different demo (like children's programming) they would refuse to air in it. The way I read Apple's statement, that's the same thing that happening here.
Mar 15th 2011 10:23AM Are consoles dying? Hardly. But I do think that the App Store and its equivalent on other mobile devices are going to make it much more difficult for game publishers to justify $60 for a console game. I would be surprised to find ublishers dropping game prices in a few years or reducing the quantity of games for a higher focus on quality (my bet's on the former).
What will be interesting to see, however, is the iPad/iPhone/Android's effect on mobile gaming-only devices like the 3DS or the NGP. I haven't been able to justify saving up the money for either of those devices just yet.
Mar 15th 2011 10:12AM So the iPod's mission was to destroy a product that had not been released when it was first introduced in 2001?
Does that make the iPod the Terminator?
OMG, does that make Apple Skynet???
Mar 11th 2011 12:10PM You forgot the "I'm gonna Colorware the s*%^ out of it once that becomes available" option. :-)
Mar 2nd 2011 7:08PM Anyone want to take bets on how long it take Hulu to block this for their app?
Feb 24th 2011 6:13PM Also, the day that Apple stops selling Applecare in a box is the day I believe they think the disc is dead. :-)
Feb 24th 2011 5:51PM So I know that the argument has been brought up that the OS can be packaged on a restore usb drive. Which is true, but what happens when your "restore" usb drive ends up being 1 or 2 versions old?
Let's say we're years in the future and the macbook pro i own currently can (and does run 10.8 downloaded from the app store. It came with 10.6. If something goes terribly wrong with my computer, I'll need to install Snow Leopard via DVD and then download a full copy of "Thundercat" (hypothetical version name for 10.8) off the app store, before going through the entire reinstall process AGAIN.
Meanwhile, if we still use disc media, and I've purchased retail copies of Lion and/or "Thundercat" along the way, I can easily just pop in the Thundercat disc for a clean install.
If Apple allows the creation of restore disks on USB or DVD after downloading a version from the app store, I could come around though.
Feb 24th 2011 5:42PM And yet... this article is about the death of discs, not the death of disk image files?
Distributing the preview through the App Store seems like a good way to control distribution of a developer preview. It's fun to speculate, but definitely a large leap over a logic gap went into the conclusion drawn by this article.
Jan 11th 2011 2:41PM @Jordan:
I may be parsing words, but Apple can't cripple its own phones. It just decides what it wants to market and tell you to go elsewhere if you want something else. Verizon, at least back in the day, crippled phones. A certain model phone would have features on AT&T/Sprint/Etc. that you couldn't get on Verizon, mainly because Verizon wanted people to use it's own bloatware.
If you meant AT&T's walled garden, then we can talk. Still ridiculous how AT&T users had to wait for things like MMS and tethering while iPhones on European providers had them months earlier.